Study Abroad in Paris: Living Abroad
Visas - Very Important!
The French government requires students to possess a visa valid for their period of study in France. Multiple-entry visas must be obtained before departure from the U.S. AIFS will provide the necessary details to help you secure the visa.
The Paris metro is one of the most efficient and convenient public transportation systems in the world. It has 14 lines connecting every corner of the city. Most students commute 30 to 45 minutes between home and the location of their classes, which is normal in Paris. You may purchase a monthly pass for approximately 65 euros which gives you unlimited access to the metro and bus system.
AIFS Student Center
is located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, a few minutes’ walk from the Sorbonne and from Notre Dame Cathedral. This district is packed with good-value student restaurants, book-shops, libraries and typical Parisian cafés. The center is fully equipped with internet access, printers, a photocopier and several workstations making it the ideal place for students to get together after class to practice a grammar point, book weekends away and share stories about life “en France”. Throughout the semester, participants in our programs are invited to join our staff at the center for informal cheese and pastry tastings, cultural events and social gatherings. Our Paris team is always on hand to advise on practical matters and pass on local tips, from the best place to buy crêpes, to demystifying the metro system. Well-versed in the art of both academic and cultural adjustment, our team is happy to welcome students and to guide them throughout their Parisian adventure.
AIFS support staff
The Resident Director has overall responsibility for the program. AIFS also has other staff to assist the Director in implementing all aspects of the program, to organize the cultural activities and to liaise with the academic institutions, students’ host families and AIFS headquarters in London and the U.S.